The race is on to build the US Army's mixed fleet of robotic combat vehicles (RCVs), and a Textron Systems team is pitching the Ripsaw M5 as a contender for both the light and medium lines of effort.
Textron Systems, Howe & Howe Technologies, and FLIR Systems showcased the Ripsaw M5 at the Association of the US Army 2019 (AUSA 2019) annual conference in Washington, DC. The platform is touted as a solution to the service's RCV-light (RCV-L) and RCV-medium (RCV-M) efforts.
"While the light will have a slightly smaller chassis for the different size requirements for the sling load requirements, they're both using common components and they're both using common drive systems," Michael Howe, senior vice-president at Howe & Howe Technologies, said during a 9 October media call.
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